The Philippines is a tourist paradise, offering beaches, rich cuisines and colorful festivals across its 7000 islands.
Human trafficking is prevalent in the island nation, a crisis fuelled largely by poverty and a booming tourism industry
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Destiny Rescue is actively fighting child sex trafficking in the Philippines. Working in partnership with law enforcement, our agents find victims of child sex trafficking and coordinate sting operations to rescue children and bring perpetrators to justice.
Destiny Rescue Philippines is an augmented assistance program that provides resources and logistics to partnered law enforcement agencies and national government agencies for the purpose of rescuing children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Agencies include multiple divisions of the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In 2022, Destiny Rescue’s work in the Philippines accomplished:
Children urgently need rescuing from sex trafficking in the Philippines.
Between 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked each year through migration or within the country, according to a report in 2016 by global anti-child exploitation network ECPAT International.
In the Philippines, traffickers typically recruit girls and boys from villages in rural areas by baiting them with the promise of fast and easy cash. They’re then sold for sex in pubs, karaoke bars, nightclubs, on the streets or through social media.
“I’m here for you. You just don’t know it yet.”
Burn Rescue Agent, Philippines
Latest in the Philippines
Two raids in collaboration with Filipino law enforcement rescued ten people, half of whom were children, from sex trafficking.
Four people, three of whom were children, were saved from exploitation during a police raid.
A recent raid led to the rescue of two boys and two girls, all under 13 years old. The youngest girl was only 5 years old.
Our work in the Philippines
Our rescue agents collaborate with law-enforcement teams to identify child sex trafficking victims and gather the evidence needed to build a legal case against their traffickers. We collaborate with multiple government agencies to coordinate a sting operation and free victims, arrest offenders and shut down establishments.
After a raid, our social workers work alongside government social workers to ensure that the survivors’ immediate needs are met including temporary housing, care and essential items.
We have helped rescue children, and even adults, from various types of trafficking in the country such as labor and cybersex trafficking. Our team’s expertise is recognized, used, and valued by law enforcement.
We operate rescue and reintegration programs in multiple countries across the world. Learn more about our mission to help end child sexual exploitation and trafficking in our lifetime.
Stories from the Philippines
The Girl Behind the Green Gate
Caleb sprinted behind the armed officers, desperate to get to the trafficker before he could escape….
How Social Media Drives Sex Trafficking
By gradually changing a child’s perception of the world, social media enables human trafficking….
Destiny Rescue Takes on OSAEC in the Philippines
“One mistake can cost the life and freedom of the child.”…
What is Grooming? 3 Ways Traffickers Ensnare Children
What begins as a seemingly innocent friendship often ends in tragedy….
6 Quotes from Human Trafficking Survivors That Left a Mark on Agents
Agents reflect on some of the most impactful words spoken by children we’ve rescued….
Top 4 Most Unforgettable Raids
Rescue work leaves a mark on agents—and there are some rescue operations they’ll never be able to forget….
What happens after rescue?
A successful rescue doesn’t end when a child is removed from exploitation. That event is only the first step in a process…
New Collaboration in the Philippines Aims to Rescue More Children
A new partnership gives victimized children in the Philippines a voice….
An Agent Reflects on Rescuing a Toddler
An agent lures a perpetrator out of the shadows of the internet to rescue a child….
Flawless Raid Takes Unexpected Twist
After a particularly efficient investigation, new intel came from an unexpected source: the pimp….
Rescue requires more than being removed from an exploitative situation. To truly stay free, survivors must be equipped and empowered to overcome…
What is OSEC?
Kids are being exploited online at an alarming rate. Learn more about this complex problem and how we can address it….
More Rescues than Ever Before
2022 was a year of record growth for Destiny Rescue. …
“I’m here for you. You just don’t know it yet.” – The Heart of a Burn Agent
Volunteering to be a burn agent requires taking on the persona of a predator. It’s challenging and uncomfortable work, but for agent…
An Inside Look at the Work of Three Freedom Fighters
Freedom Fighters are heroes who use their unique giftings to rescue children and help them heal and build a new life. From…
“She Didn’t Want to be There”: The Girl in Gold
The story of a daring raid through the eyes of a Rescue Agent…
Philippine Government Declares War on OSEC
The Filipino government has taken a strong stance against the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). …
Life as a rescue agent: realities, risks, rewards
A day in the life of ordinary men dedicated to fighting child trafficking…
What makes a rescue agent in the Philippines?
Hear from seasoned rescue agent and Philippines country manager, Bruce, as he shares the most important qualities needed in a rescue agent….
Police must upskill to beat human trafficking
This is because traffickers are master innovators, a rescue agent says. …
The evolution of human trafficking in the Philippines
It’s becoming a “darker trade,” a rescue agent says. …
Group of boys rescued from dangerous pimps
The rescue was one of three raid missions executed at the same time….
The power of social media: why some girls enter the sex industry to buy coffee and clothes
Online pictures of snacks and models are typically harmless, but they can have a harmful, peculiar effect on kids in developing countries….
The second story window
Five teens quietly gathered while their seven friends slept in bunk beds around them. It was around 1 am and the girls,…
Philippines raid followup: survivors finding justice
In the Philippines, Destiny Rescue not only frees girls from sex trafficking but also helps them find justice. Check back in on…
Rescue surge: 33 people rescued across four countries in four days
Amidst the difficulties of this year, Destiny Rescue was able to rescue 33 people across four countries in four days. This latest…
“I think this is a set up” was the last text message the Destiny Rescue operative received from the pimp they had…
Rescuing in the Time of COVID-19
With much of the world coming to a halt from the abrupt effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, safe distancing is now the…
Toddler Rescued – Our First Cyber Case
In February, our teams, in coordination with multiple law-enforcement agencies, executed an operation that rescued a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy from a life of…
It took extensive planning and skilled teamwork. On an unassuming February night, our teams and law enforcement executed four raids in immediate…
159 Women Rescued in Operation Trabaho
It took 36 hours of hectic planning and strategic logistics for Destiny Rescue Philippines and its partner government agency, the National Bureau…
Sordid Shadows: How to Catch a Pimp
SBS Dateline recently joined Destiny Rescue’s Founder and President Tony Kirwan, along with our International Rescue Director, rescue team, and local law…